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YMMV: The Mountain Goats
Archive Panic: seventeen studio albums, three compilations, numerous singles and EP releases, many tour-exclusive or otherwise rare, as well as multiple songs never officially recorded...
To add to it, Darnielle will occasionally do things like hold auctions to sell cassettes that have no copies to raise money for charity.
Broken Base: A dwindling but still-vocal contingent holds the early super-lo-fi recordings above latter-day studio work.
Come for the X, Stay for the Y: Nowadays some people are introduced to the Mountain Goats through the use of its songs in Season 3 of Moral Orel, namely "No Children" in 'Numb', "Love Love Love" in 'Passing', and "Old College Try" in 'Help'.
Covered Up: Some fans may not realize live favourite "Houseguest" is actually by keyboardist Franklin Bruno's other band, Nothing Painted Blue.
Genius Bonus: John Darnielle is one of the most well-read singers in music. He's written songs about everything from HP Lovecraft to obscure boxing champs to minor Greek political events.note "Lovecraft in Brooklyn", Sonny Liston in "Love Love Love", and "Song for Cleomenes", respectively.
Growing the Beard: The Hound Chronicles is considered (even by Darnielle himself) to be the beginning of the signature Mountain Goats style, while Taboo VI: The Homecoming is... rougher.
Magnum Opus: Tallahesse or The Sunset Tree, for most fans. For the ones that don't consider albums featuring the band to be authentic Mountain Goats, the picks for best album are usually Zopilote Machine or, more commonly, All Hail West Texas.